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Diamondbacks shut down Daniel Hudson for remainder of season
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

The Diamondbacks are expected to shut down pitcher Daniel Hudson for the remainder of the season. Hudson is not dealing with any injuries, but the team does not want to increase the workload of Hudson, who recently returned from Tommy John surgery, per MLB.com.

Hudson will finish the season with just 2 2/3 innings of work, having allowed four runs over three appearances.

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Padres may ease Joaquin Benoit back into action
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

The Padres may ease pitcher Joaquin Benoit back into action before using him in save situations, according to U-T San Diego. Benoit has been since Aug. 26 because of a shoulder injury, but could return as early as Friday. He owns a 1.58 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and 60:14 K:BB ratio in 51 1/3 innings.

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Giancarlo Stanton will need 6-to-8 weeks for facial fractures to heal
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton told reporters that he still needs more dental work before he has another CT test. Stanton  also admitted to sustaining an orbital fracture, though his vision was never impaired. The swelling has gone down in his face, but he'll need 6-to-8 weeks for all facial fractures to heal, according to MLB.com.

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Jake Smolinski cranks out four hits vs. A's
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Rangers outfielder Jake Smolinski had a monster game at the plate Thursday afternoon against the Athletics in Oakland.

He singled in a run in the first, and added three more singled. He finished the game 4 for 5 with a run scored and an RBI in a 7-2 victory. He is hitting .408 with one home run and eight RBI over 49 at-bats.

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Josh Hamilton experiencing more shoulder issues
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton is dealing with tightness and discomfort in front part of his right shoulder, a different spot, which flared up before Wednesday's game, the Los Angeles Times reports. He returned to action Tuesday but left the ballpark early to visit a chiropractor. He was not in the starting lineup Thursday against Seattle.

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Everth Cabrera not likely to return before end of homestand
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Updating a previous report: It now appears doubtful that Padres infielder Everth Cabrera will join the team before the end of their Sept. 15-24 homestand, per U-T San Diego. Cabrera been sidelined since August 9 due to a hamstring injury. He's hit .232/.272/.300 in 357 at-bats. 

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Sonny Gray lasts only five frames in loss to Rangers
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Athletics starter Sonny Gray lasted only five innings in a disappointing outing Thursday afternoon at home against the Rangers, dropping to 13-9 on the year. The right-hander permitted five runs -- four earned -- on eight hits and two walks while striking out four over five innings of a 7-2 defeat.

Over his last four starts covering 25 innings, Gray has allowed 14 earned runs. He owns a 3.28 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP over 31 starts (203 innings). His next start will come Tuesday at home against the Angels.

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Nick Martinez gets back on track in win over A's
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Rangers starting pitcher Nick Martinez bounced back with a solid outing against the A's in Oakland, improving to 4-11 on the year. He allowed two runs on three hits and three walks while striking out two over 5 2/3 innings of a 7-2 victory.

Over his last four starts covering 23 innings, Martinez has allowed seven earned runs. He owns a 4.85 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP over 128 innings of work. He will make his next start Tuesday at home against Houston.

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Seth Smith back in action Thursday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Padres left fielder Seth Smith is back in the lineup for the Thursday night game against Philadelphia. A hamstring ailment has prevented him from starting since Monday.

Smith returns in a 1-for-24 slump that has weakened his stat line on the year to .265/.368/.443. 

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Ryan Howard, Chase Utley set to sit Thursday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

A matchup against San Diego left-hander Robbie Erlin has Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard and second baseman Chase Utley out of the lineup Thursday.

The game off could hurt Howard's quest for his first 100-RBI season since 2011. He has 92 with 10 games remaining. Utley is in the mdist of a 2-for-17 slide.

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